Sup­port ser­vice help­ing many through chal­lenges

Cel­e­brat­ing 70 years of CPL car­ing

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - Danielle Ford [email protected]­news.com.au

LIFE for Joseph Ney­lon looks quite dif­fer­ent to­day than it did seven years ago.

Fol­low­ing a car ac­ci­dent in 2011, Mr Ney­lon spent nearly three years in hos­pi­tal, en­dur­ing more than 60 surg­eries to fix bro­ken legs, ribs and other ma­jor in­juries, and now needs a wheel­chair to get around.

When he left hos­pi­tal, Mr Ney­lon knew ev­ery­day life would now throw more ob­sta­cles at him, but he said things were made much eas­ier with the help Choice Passion Life Dis­abil­ity Sup­port Ser­vices pro­vided.

“I’d just come out of hos­pi­tal and needed help as I was now in a wheel­chair and couldn’t do a lot of things for my­self,” he said.

“With­out their help what was al­ready a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion would have been even more dif­fi­cult.”

Mr Ney­lon now lives in a 24 hour care home with CPL staff com­ing in daily to help with tasks such as show­er­ing, food prepa­ra­tion and clean­ing.

But for the 27-year-old, the big­gest help comes from the so­cial sup­port the or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides.

“Be­fore my ac­ci­dent most of my so­cial­is­ing was hang­ing out with friends while we went ab­seil­ing or rock climb­ing,” he said.

“Not be­ing able to do those things now is tough and CPL helped me through a de­pres­sion time I went through a while back.

“They make sure I go to so­cial events like trivia nights and they also just check in on you on your down days.

“They are re­ally cheer­ful and out­go­ing and they are a bril­liant team and I couldn’t ask for any bet­ter sup­port.”

CPL, for­merly the Cere­bral Palsy League, is this year cel­e­brat­ing 70 years of sup­port­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in Queens­land.

Sun­shine Coast area man­ager Shan­non Howard said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had seen in­cred­i­ble change over the 70 years, but the main pur­pose had re­mained the same.

“We sup­port peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in all as­pects of their life from ther­apy to em­ploy­ment,” he said.

“But more than that we don’t fo­cus just on dis­abil­ity but rather peo­ple’s lives and help­ing them live the lives they want to live.”

Mr Howard said the change of name came about a few years ago so the or­gan­i­sa­tion was able to reach more peo­ple.

“Peo­ple of­ten looked past us as they thought we only helped peo­ple with Cere­bral Palsy when we ac­tu­ally help peo­ple with a while range of dis­abil­i­ties,” he said.

“By chang­ing to Choice Passion Life we kept a bit of the tie to the ori­gins while mov­ing away from the idea we only helped some.”

CPL Sun­shine Coast last week­end cel­e­brated the 70th an­niver­sary with a spe­cial fam­ily fun day where clients, their fam­i­lies and staff were treated to a day of food, en­train­ment and fun.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

FIGHTER: Joseph Ney­lon was in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent, which left him re­quir­ing 24 hour care. He is one of the thou­sands of peo­ple CPL help ev­ery­day.

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